Woman at centre of police appeal dies in hospital

Yolande Pendlebury
Yolande Pendlebury

A Clitheroe woman who was discovered unconscious in a flat at Darwen has died in hospital.

Police, who have been trying to piece together the events leading to her discovery at the Kay Street flat, have confirmed that she died at the Royal Blackburn Hospital this morning (May 15th).

Previously they issued an appeal for information about 40-year-old Miss Pendlebury’s movements prior to her being found shortly after 4 pm on Saturday April 11th.

She had last been seen by a friend an hour earlier, about 3 pm, on the car park at Darwen Railway Station, but what happened in the next hour remains a mystery.

Police are appealing for help to try to find out how she came to be in the Kay Street flat and how she came to be unconscious, as she had not appeared to suffer any obvious injury.

Detectives want to trace a man who may have been with Yolande before the ambulance arrived. He is described as white, aged in his 20s to early 30s, 5ft. 8in. tall, of medium build, with short brown hair, and wearing a blue jacket and jeans.

Yolande (pictured) is described as white, with long brown hair, and slim build. She was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, brown knee-length boots and carrying a brown shoulder bag.

Det. Insp. Marie Haworth, of East CID, said: “We need the public’s help to piece together what happened to Yolande after she was left by her friend at 3pm. How did she come to be in that flat and how did she come to be unconscious?

“If anyone saw Yolande during that time or has any information which could help us then I would urge them to contact the police.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0900 of April 11th or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers.org

A post mortem examination to establish the cause of death will take place in due course.